Do you see dental emergencies?
We understand how stressful dental emergencies are, and we try to keep some same-day appointments open for emergencies only at all times. Most of the time we can get you in to see Los Alamitos dentist Dr. Luong today if you are having a dental emergency. We will always schedule emergencies for the next available appointment so you can be seen as soon as possible.
If your dental emergency happens after-hours and you are an established patient of record with our dental office, we can offer assistance in the evenings and weekends including instructions on how to deal with your emergency situation until the office opens – or a referral to the hospital emergency room if the situation warrants it.
Dental Emergency Triage Tips
If you have a toothache, rinse your mouth with warm water and use dental floss to dislodge any food or matter that may be stuck between your teeth, causing discomfort. Apply a cold compress to the outside of your mouth or your cheek if you are experiencing swelling with the pain. Contact our office to be seen as soon as possible.
For chipped or broken teeth, save the broken pieces if you can. Rinse your mouth and the broken pieces with warm water. If you are bleeding, apply pressure to the area with gauze until the bleeding stops, usually within about ten minutes. Apply a cold compress to the outside of your mouth over the site of the chipped or broken tooth to minimize swelling and reduce pain. Contact our office to be seen as soon as possible.
If your tooth is knocked out due to trauma, retrieve the dislodged tooth. Do not handle the tooth by the roots, only by the crown (top) of the tooth. If the tooth is dirty, rinse it carefully with warm water. Never scrub or use soap on a dislodged tooth, as this may make it impossible to save. If possible, replace the tooth in the socket, facing the right way. Never try to force a knocked-out tooth into the socket. If it does not reinsert easily, place the tooth in a cup of milk, or water with some salt added if milk is not available. Contact our office immediately: our best chance of saving the tooth is treatment within an hour of the tooth being knocked out.
If you are experiencing a dental emergency, please contact our office right away so we can assist you. If your emergency is life-threatening, please visit your nearest emergency room or call 911.